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VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X

Platform : Mac
257 customer reviews

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  • Easily switch from a PC to a Mac
  • Run your favorite Windows programs on your Mac
  • Designed for OS X Mountain Lion and the latest Macs
  • English Only Version

Product Description

Product Description

VMware Fusion 5 is recommended for users who are looking for the easiest, fastest and most reliable way to run Windows programs on a Mac. With more than 70 new features, VMware Fusion 5 is optimized for OS X Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs to deliver the ultimate Windows on Mac experience.

From the Manufacturer

The best way to run Windows on a Mac just got better. VMware Fusion returns with more than 70 new features, including optimization for Mountain Lion, Windows 8 and the latest Macs.

VMware Fusion 5 Software
Easily transfer your entire PC to your Mac with the Migration Assistant for Windows. View larger

VMware Fusion 5 Software
Run Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows 8 and more on your Mac without rebooting. View larger

VMware Fusion 5 Software
Easily interact with Windows programs using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures. View larger

VMware Fusion Software
Run your Windows programs in a singe window, or run in Unity for a fully integrated experience.
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Easily Switch From a PC to a Mac

Now it's easier than ever to transfer your entire PC to your Mac and make the most of your Windows software investment with VMware Fusion's PC migration assistant for Windows. Get the best of both worlds and have access to your Windows programs and all your files from your old PC directly on your Mac, whenever you need them.

Run Your Favorite Windows Programs

Run your favorite Windows programs alongside Mac applications without rebooting. Whether you want to run Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8 on a Mac, VMware Fusion's easy install feature will get you up and running in no time. With the ability to run Windows-only programs like Microsoft Project, Access and Internet Explorer, VMware Fusion turns your Mac into the ultimate computer for compatibility.

VMware Fusion 5 Software
Run Windows programs the same way you use Mac applications. View larger

VMware Fusion 5 Software
View Windows like you've never seen it before with Retina Display optimization. View larger

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Built-in Learning Center to easily learn how to install and run Windows on your Mac. View larger

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VMware Fusion 5 features 1.4x faster 3D graphics over previous software
Running Windows Programs on a Mac Couldn't Be Easier

VMware Fusion 5 makes it easier than ever to run Windows on a Mac. Run Windows programs the same way you use Mac applications, with seamless copy-and-paste, drag-and- drop, and networking and printing that require no additional setup.

Run Windows Programs Like Mac Applications

Launch Windows programs directly from the Dock, Spotlight or Launchpad and view them in Exposé, Spaces and Mission Control as if they were Mac applications. Easily interact with Windows programs using Mac shortcuts and intuitive gestures.

Designed for Mountain Lion

Get a more Mac-like experience when running Windows programs on a Mac. VMware Fusion 5's enhanced user interface makes working with your Windows applications quicker and easier. Extend Mountain Lion's unique features to your Windows environment and search your favorite Windows programs in Launchpad or use "AirPlay Mirroring" to stream your Mac and Windows applications on your HDTV. You can even get VMware Fusion notifications in Mountain Lion's notification center. It just works. VMware Fusion 5 is also compatible with OS X Lion and Mac OS X Snow Leopard.

Windows 8 Optimized

Who said Windows 8 was only for PCs? Get the most out of the new Windows 8 Metro environment directly on your Mac and run it side-by-side with your Mac applications. VMware Fusion 5 has been optimized to take advantage of new Windows 8 technologies and will make you wonder why you would ever consider running Windows 8 on anything other than a Mac. VMware Fusion supports Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 Enterprise.

Designed for the Latest Macs
  • Retina Display: View Windows like you've never seen it before with Retina Display optimization for a crisp and detailed experience of your Windows programs.
  • USB 3.0: Extend your Mac's connectivity to your Windows environment and take advantage of USB 3.0 support for ultra-fast file transfers.
  • RAM: Benefit from better use of memory on Macs equipped with 16GB or more and get better performance when dealing with Virtual Machines that require large memory allocations.
Built-in Learning Center

Get the most out of VMware Fusion 5 with the new learning center. Learn how to get started, transfer your entire PC to your Mac or install a new copy of Windows and more through step-by-step easy to view video tutorials.

More Compatible than Ever Before

With added support for virtualizing Windows 8, Mountain Lion Server, Ubuntu 12.04, Windows Server 2012 as well as 200 other operating systems, VMware Fusion 5 will turn your Mac into the most compatible computer you've ever owned.

Free Email Support and 1 Year of Anti-Virus Included

For added peace of mind, VMware Fusion includes 18 months of free email support and a 12- month complimentary subscription to McAfee Anti-Virus Plus to protect your Windows environment.

Made by the Virtualization Leader

Used by 96% of the Fortune top 1000 companies, VMware has won more than 280 awards for its virtualization-leading software including the industry-acclaimed Macworld Editor's Choice award.

What Differentiates VMware Fusion 5 from Other Solutions?

Engineered in California by the worldwide leader in virtualization, VMware Fusion was recently chosen by Macworld over Parallels as the best way to run Windows on a Mac. Macworld highlighted its faster performance, easier installation and general operation, more Mac-like behavior and better value for money. (Macworld, March 2012 issue)

VMware Fusion 5 is recommended for home users, students and business professionals who are looking for the fastest, easiest and most reliable way to run Windows and Mac applications side-by-side on their Mac without rebooting.

What's in the Box ?

VMware Fusion 5 Software DVD, VMware Fusion 5 USB key, built-in video tutorials, 18-months of free email-support (English only), Getting Started guide, VMware stickers.

System Requirements

  • Any 64-bit capable Intel Mac (Compatible with Core 2 Duo, Xeon, i3, i5, i7 processors)
  • Minimum 2GB of RAM (4GB recommended)
  • 750MB free disk space for VMware Fusion and at least 5GB for each virtual machine
  • Mac OS X 10.6.7 or later; OS X 10.7.4 or OS X 10.8 recommended
  • Operating system installation media (disk or disk image) for virtual machines
  • Microsoft Windows Not Included

Technical Specifications

  • Windows Aero support
  • DirectX: 9.0c with Shader Model 3.0 support
  • 3D Support: OpenGL 2.1
  • Audio Support: Virtual HD Audio for Windows (7.1 Surround Sound)
  • Operating Systems Supported: Windows XP, Vista and 7, Windows 8, OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS and more
  • 64-bit Cocoa Native Applications: Yes
  • Multilingual Support: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Simplified Chinese


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B008YTAGIK
  • Item model number: FUS5-ENG-M-CP
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 11, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (257 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,148 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here


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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful By JDThird TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2012
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I've been using each version of VMWare and Parallels for about 3.5 years now, ever since I got my first Macbook Pro back in 2009. I'm on my fourth Macbook now, and still using them. Which one I use doesn't even really depend much on features, since they both seem to parallel each other (no pun intended) very closely with each new version. Sometimes I've been on VMWare, and then switched to Parallels. I've done the switch back as well. Usually it's a pricing issue. VMware seems to have a habit of not giving a good price break for existing owners to upgrade to the current version. There's a long thread on one of their forums from the bump to V4 where everyone was trying to get a break, especially those of us who bought it just a few months prior to the release of the new version. Parallels was offering a much better price to go to their new version as a competitive upgrade, which was the reason I jumped from one to the other at that point.

Historically, my systems always seemed to run better on VMWare. It always seemed just a little faster than Parallels. So I was interested when this came up on the Vine program as an option, as I am using the current Parallels, and wanted to do a direct comparison. So here's what I found.

Now, this is all running on a new 2012 Retina Macbook Pro with a quad core i7 at 2.3GHz with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD drive. I have a Windows 7 Ultimate VM, so what I did was copy that to my desktop on my mac, so I could import that into VMWare Fusion. I then removed all the Parallel tools from it, installed the VMWare tools. Activated it again, and I now have the EXACT same install of Windows 7 running on both virtual platforms. Both on the EXACT same hardware. Makes it really easy to do a 1 to 1 comparison.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jon Kreisler VINE VOICE on September 27, 2012
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If you have never used VMware Fusion 4, you may prefer to obtain version 5. If however you have been running VMware Fusion 4 for Mac OS X, I strongly suggest you try running it with the latest versions of Mac OS X (Lion, Mountain Lion - 10.7, 10.8). If it works for you, there is no pressing issue to upgrade to v5. VMware Fusion 5 boasts of improved compatibility with Lion and Mountain Lion and it automatically recognizes more versions of Windows (Windows 8 & Windows Server 2012), but not much more. To me, that is an update. It should have been a newer version of v4.
Don't get me wrong, v5 works well. To me, it is just not enough of an upgrade to warrant a new major version number. A new version should boast a bevy of new features.
VMware Fusion is a great OS emulator for the Mac. It still does not recognize all Windows versions (Windows Home Server 2011 is probably the most obvious omission.) It also does not support Mac OS workstation versions earlier than Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion).
It is a well put-together product, but, you really need to decide if it is worth the cost of an upgrade. VMware Fusion 4 is still quite capable of running well; v5 just makes things a bit easier if you want to run a newer version of Windows.
VMware Fusion 5 for MAC OS X comes with a disc and a 1 GB USB flash drive. Both media types contain the installer, however, you will save some time if you just go to the website (VMWARE dot com) and download the latest version. There is already a newer version available than inside the package. You will still need the license key from inside the box, however, to install and to register for support.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By B. Mann VINE VOICE on May 10, 2013
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Here's the bottom line: I ran VMware Fusion 5 on my 2010 MacBook Pro, MacOS 10.6.8 (Snow Leopard), Intel Core 2 Duo and it worked. It worked for Windows 7 (Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit (OEM) System Builder DVD 1 Pack), Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Access, and Visio. That's the simple answer. And frankly, there are so many reviews available for VMware Fusion 5 -- and its value relative to its competitor, Parallels -- that there is virtually (no pun intended) nothing more I can add on the technical end. The program works. It has quirks with graphics. It can be persnickety with networking. If you need it, buy it. That's the bottom-line and you can learn that anywhere.

So, instead, let's review whether you actually need this program. (These comments are for productivity applications; I can't comment on games.)

If you are a die-hard Mac user (I am), then the only reason to buy this program is if you need to run a program (or, as the kids say, "application") that only runs under Windows. For example, your employer may require that you use a company program for which there is no Mac alternative. (This is vanishingly rare.) Or, you may need to use data from programs for which there are no Mac versions, such as Microsoft Access or Visio. (But be sure you NEED such programs, because cross-platform alternatives such as Filemaker Pro ( Filemaker Pro 12) may make your life easier.)

So, you've decided you need to create a "virtual PC" inside your Mac. Do you want Fusion or Parallels? It doesn't matter. Both work. And, saying that, both have quirks.
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